Thursday, May 7, 2015

Read This: Not In The Script

Not In The Script
by Amy Finnegan

The Goodreads Summary Says:   
Millions of people witnessed Emma Taylor’s first kiss—a kiss that needed twelve takes and four camera angles to get right. After spending nearly all of her teen years performing on cue, Emma wonders if any part of her life is real anymore . . . particularly her relationships.

Jake Elliott’s face is on magazine ads around the world, but his lucrative modeling deals were a poor substitute for what he had to leave behind. Now acting is offering Jake everything he wants: close proximity to home; an opportunity to finally start school; and plenty of time with the smart and irresistible Emma Taylor . . . if she would just give him a chance.

When Jake takes Emma behind the scenes of his real life, she begins to see how genuine he is, but on-set relationships always end badly. Don’t they? Toss in Hollywood’s most notorious heartthrob and a resident diva who may or may not be as evil as she seems, and the production of Coyote Hills heats up in unexpected—and romantic—ways.

This novel in the deliciously fun If Only romance line proves that the best kinds of love stories don’t follow a script.

I Say:
5 stars

You know how sometimes you find a book that is the perfect fit for your reading mood? That's how reading Not in the Script was for me.  I just wanted something funny, cute, and swoony. And that's exactly what I got.

The book focuses on Emma, one of the biggest young stars in Hollywood, and Jake, a chaps-wearing model turned actor. Emma's had really bad luck in her past relationships and a lot of pressure to now keep her life simple. Jake has his own reasons for leaving modeling for the TV show he, Emma, and a couple other people star on. They have enough problems to give them depth, but not so many that it becomes a Serious or "issues" book. The characters and the plot stay incredibly lighthearted, and it makes everything very fun. Jake and Emma are interesting characters on their own, but they're adorable together. The book is full of banter and flirty moments. Finnegan does a great job writing the romantic aspect of the story. I was really invested in their relationship and wanted everything to work out for them.

The other thing I thought was cool was the look at what it's like filming a TV show. Reading about the long hours and hair/makeup and craft services were all fun and interesting. (And also made me hungry. There's a lot of food in this book). I liked that it showed some of the downsides too: having no privacy; tabloids twisting anything to make a good story; worrying that people are taking advantage of you for money or fame, even if they're family and friends. I felt for how normal the characters were, even though they were not in normal situations. My only complaint was that the book was a bit unrealistically G-rated. The characters are all 18-20, but live in a version of Hollywood where no one swears, smokes, drinks, has eating disorders/body image issues, does more than kiss, or does drugs. I would have been fine with a story where characters personally avoided those things, but it was more like they didn't exist at all. But it's a small quibble for an otherwise really cute, fun story. Not in the Script is a new favorite of mine.